These words from the Revelation are a promise that all things will be made new. What a great promise to remember on New Year's Day. We try too hard, sometimes, to make our lives "new." I am reminded of a fellow who worked hard on his list of New Year's resolutions. He wrote down every sin he had committed for the past few years, along with an equally long list about changes he was going to make in his life. He had all sorts of ideas and activities that he had dreamed up in order to please God. He came to the altar of God on New Year's Day and knelt there to pray.
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For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.